How to Remove Rust Stains From Tub


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Although this is not our area of expertise, we thought we'd pass on this information that was tested by our employees. They are always talking about their own home repairs and we thought this was an interesting topic and solution.

Rust in the bathroom is usually the result of two related situations. Either iron-containing metals in your bathroom fixtures have begun to rust OR your mineral-rich water supply contains iron particles and has begun to stain areas where water runs. This happens even with a porcelain tub as two of our employees found out.

Bleach and Tilex made the rust stains worse and they sparked another chemical reaction, creating more rust stains on the non-skid surface on the tub floor. Other products that either made things worse or didn't work at all: Lysol, toilet bowl cleansers, Soft Scrub, Goof Off, Awesome, Comet, Simple Green, Mean Green, Magic Eraser and CLR,

However, we found 2 things that really worked: Clorox2 and Hydrogen Peroxide. The Clorox2 worked best and required less scrubbing. Just pour either product on the stain and let it sit. Then scour gently with a damp sponge and rinse. If the stains are really bad you may have to repeat the process twice.

  • If this is a recurring problem and the staining is chronic, there may be no way to remove the stain as it may have etched itself into the porcelain.
  • Most staining is not that bad and can be successfully removed if you know how but regular toilet bowl cleaners or powdered chlorine based cleansers will not solve this problem.
  • Brenda.jordan90
    How to remove rust from tub
  • Shannivia
    Shannivia Staten Island, NY
    So if the stain doesn't come off what to do next. Can I paint over it
  • JudithAnn
    JudithAnn Chardon, OH
    It is spelled whink and it works beautifully. Signed, a professional housekeeper
  • Sharon Hemmingsen
    Sharon Hemmingsen Grand Island, NE
    There is a product called "The Works" it is actually a toilet bowl cleaner. We have a cabin that gets terrible rust stains in the toilet and the shower. The Works worked so well in the toilet that one day I decided to try it on the walls of the shower.
    • Lyn Therese
      Lyn Therese Muskego, WI
      Sharon Hemmingsen The Works will harm the chrome or finish on the faucets so try not to get any on them. The finish will look dull and spotted. I put the works in a bucket and add alittle water and use a sponge to wipe off. Rinse well.....but it works great!
  • JudithAnn
    JudithAnn Chardon, OH
    Just watch you dont get it on the fixtures. One of my workers used it and turned the chrome dark and we couldnt bring back the shiny silver color.
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